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Old 01-23-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Tips on siphoning from primary fermenter to bottling bucket

Anyone have any tips or recommendations on best ways to siphon finished beer from the fermenter to the bottling bucket? Or any other threads here where I could find that?

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Old 01-23-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
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An autosiphon is easy to start and use...

Practice with water before you move your beer...


That's pretty much it.

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Ditto to a practice run...

You will want your siphon tube to go to the bottom of the bottling bucket in order to minimize oxygenation of the beer. You will also want to prepare your priming solution first and put it in the bottling bucket before you siphon the beer over.

The auto-siphon works really well, but you can also siphon with a racking cane and plastic tubing. If your primary fermenter is a bucket with a drain valve on it, you can hook tubing to that and go that route as well.

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:03 PM   #4
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With both hands and tube sanitized, I fill the tube with water and use my thumbs to hold the water in there, then put one end in the carboy (that's above the bucket ) and the other in the bucket and voila... your siphoning.
Don't worry about the little bit of water mixing with the beer

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:08 PM   #5
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Memorex88:
Do you use regular old tap water or sanitized water to prime your tube/cane to start the siphon?

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Worst way- Gargle Listerine and suck
OK way- prime with sanitary watter. I've always used straight tap watter and let the watter run it to a separate container first.
Best way- Autosiphon.

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Memorex88:
Do you use regular old tap water or sanitized water to prime your tube/cane to start the siphon?

TIA
I've always used tap water.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:30 PM   #8
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+1 on the auto siphon. It is so worth the $12 I spent. Well $24 since I broke the first one removing the tubing

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:43 PM   #9
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I usually like to siphon a small bucket of sanitiser before dipping into the beer. That makes sure the hose is nice and clean.

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+1 on the auto siphon. It is so worth the $12 I spent. Well $24 since I broke the first one removing the tubing
Don't try to pull the tubing straight off, it's like a chinese finger puzzle, that will tighten it and snap off your cane. Push the tubing on a little bit further, then twist, and when it starts to twist gently pull it off while continuing to twist. Voila.

I've also found that the thick wall hose is a lot easier to get on and off since it is less flexible than the thin wall siphon hose.
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